An understated powerhouse of a film. I'm so glad that I didn't know much of anything about it before I saw it. Beautifully shot on 16mm film (with a transfer that preserves the rough edges of the frame) and with sad and beautiful performances throughout, it's a film that emotionally crept up on me and surprised me as all the pieces combined together in a powerful way.
Carefully constructed heist film that is sort of a heist film, but there is a lot of other stuff going on. It's not as precisely balanced as McQueen's other films, but it hits the heist film beats and then delightfully goes off on little tangents every now and then. The cast is fantastic as is the cinematography with some stunningly photographed sequences that play with what we can and can't see. Not as emotional or moving as his other films, but still an interesting direction that he is going on as he explores some genre conventions.
Visually stunning with a 50s sensibility and pitch perfect performances, direction, and writing that make the film feel like it was made in the 50s. Assured and confident, it creates an immersive world surrounding memorable characters and allows us to spend time with them. Superb filmmaking that shows what is possible with skill and confidence.